Ottawa, Canada – April 7 – Dr. Changyong Rhee, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will be the keynote speaker of an event in Ottawa, Canada on Monday, April 11, hosted by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Dr. Rhee will be open to interviews on the topic of the ADB’s flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2011.

At a dinner for invited guests but open to media coverage, Dr. Rhee will provide a select group of Ottawa-based public finance and development experts with insight on macroeconomics and development within the Asian continent. He will discuss important topics including:

  • What are the immediate prospects for developing Asia and what risks lie ahead?
  • What is the potential regional impact of the triple emergency in Japan?
  • How can Asia benefit from this southward shift in the global economic centre of gravity?
  • What new opportunities for Asia’s trade and investment will open up in these markets?
  • What does the rising economic power of countries like People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India have to offer other emerging markets?

The discussion, entitled “Asian Development Outlook 2011 and its implications for South-South linkages,” comes at an important time, as Japan faces the daunting task of rebuilding its eastern coastline following a devastating earthquake and the U.S. continues to struggle with China over monetary policies.  

CIGI, with the Asian Development Bank, is sponsoring this event, as it links to research conducted within CIGI’s G20 program, which has focused on the increasing role of Asia within the global economy.

Taking place at the Rideau Club, with a reception beginning at 5:45 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the keynote at 7:30 p.m., journalists with valid media accreditation are welcome to attend.


To cover this event, either in person or via webcast, please register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Kevin Dias by email at [email protected] or by calling 519-885-2444 extension 238.


CIGI Hosted Reception and Keynote: “Asian Development Outlook 2011 and its implications for South-South linkages,” featuring Dr. Changyong Rhee, Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank.


Monday, April 11, 2011


Keynote address to be held at 7:30 p.m.


Rideau Club

99 Bank St. 15th Floor

Ottawa, Ontario Canada


Dr. Changyong Rhee is the Asian Development Bank’s Chief Economist. Previously, Dr. Rhee served as Sherpa and Secretary General of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit of the Republic of Korea, and was the Vice-Chairman of the Financial Services Commission as well as Chairman of the Securities & Futures Commission. He is an expert in debt management and fixed income markets with more than 20 years of experience as an economist, financial advisor, and academic.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

Sean Crowley, Communications Specialist, ADB
Tel: +63.2.632.5760, Email: [email protected]   

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